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Lakeport Pilsener - Lakeport Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
67
poor

42 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lakeport Brewing Company visit their website
New Brunswick, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Lakeport Pilsener is crisp, clean and smooth with a well-balanced hop character. This highly drinkable pilsener beer is brewed to uncompromising quality standards.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-20-2002)
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Photo of DenisKolkin
2.76/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

473 ml can served ice cold into a pint glass. Purchased for the reasonable price of $2 CDN per can.

Appearance - clear decently bright golden color, plenty of bubbles and a small one finger of head that lingers for a nearly respectable amount of time.

Smell - not much, some corn aromas and sweet adjuncts. Not much else going on.

Taste - similar to the nose, the corn flavours and adjuncts shine through. This really is more of an AAL than a pilsner. Nothing off putting. Decent lawn cutting brew I guess. More flavor than the AALs though and in a good way surprisingly.

Mouthfeel. Smooth, nice lively of carbonation, light and lively body.

Overall- for what it is, it's not bad, but there are others at the discounted price rate that are a little better. Still wouldn't turn this down at a friends on a hot summer day with some barbecue.

DenisKolkin, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of Pmicdee
3/5  rDev +13.6%

Pmicdee, Sep 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -24.2%

JasonThaler, Aug 27, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -52.7%

MayonakaStout, Aug 12, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Magibeg, May 17, 2014
Photo of MJ63
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of ZachT
2/5  rDev -24.2%

ZachT, Oct 11, 2013
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

harpus, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of TheBeeraholic
2/5  rDev -24.2%

TheBeeraholic, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of ejh06752
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

ejh06752, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of traumaqueen
1/5  rDev -62.1%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
2/5  rDev -24.2%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

355ml bottle poured into pint glass 8/1/12

A golden yellow with a few bubbles that feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves no lace

S sweet corn and a little cracker, not much going on here really

T a little grassy hops to go with what I smell, like I said above not a whole lot going on here

M light bodied for sure, rather watery, this beer was pretty "clean" throughout so you know the finish is no different

O very simple and bland beer, I wouldn't say anythings off but just a lack of flavors in general is a little disappointing

I guess you get what you pay for in this case, just another watery mass produced lager that I can live without

wordemupg, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is a below average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts mixed with corn and some very light hops. I'm not really sure I would call this a pilsner taste, but for an adjunct, the flavour is actually pretty decent. It finishes with a little bit of a hoppy/spicy aftertaste.

Overall – It's actually not bad for the price. I've been drinking countless imported lagers lately and this would stack up with them for sure. It's not really a pilsner though..

spinrsx, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
3.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Updated Feb 2. 2013]

355 mL can from TBS; packaged Sept. 2012. I've had my fair share of this over the years, but it has never really been one of my first choices as far as cheap lagers go. Still, I've decided to go through my older reviews to make them more consistent (and to re-grade them with the new scoring system), so I was bound to wind up here eventually.

Pours a bright golden-yellow colour, with a crown of puffy, frothy white head roughly two fingers thick seated atop. It doesn't take terribly long to wilt away, but it doesn't fizzle out with the same zeal and efficiency as most cheap beers. A smooth, foamy cap and narrow collar remain at the surface, with a modest ring of lacing generated as well. The aroma is weak and bland, with nothing interesting to speak of - some pale grain malts, vegetal adjunct notes, and not a trace of hops. Tolerable for an adjunct lager; unacceptable for a pilsener.

The taste follows along the same vein - obviously it's not a pilsener, with no trace of any noble hops (or hops in general, really). Instead, the usual adjunct lager tropes are apparent - pale, grainy malt sweetness, some mild corn husk and a weak, grassy dryness in the finish. Not creative, but not exactly offensive. Thin-bodied and watery, with a very fizzy mouthfeel. It's easy to throw back quickly, which is presumably what it was designed for.

I realize this beer is categorized as a German pilsener, but I honestly don't think it's fair to compare it to other examples of that style, so for the purposes of this review I just considered it an AAL and graded it by those (lower) standards. Sure, it has pilsener in the name - but Labatt Blue calls itself a pilsener on its label too, and no one is going to argue that Blue is comparable to Bitburger or Warsteiner. 'Pilsener' is just a grossly misused term, and Lakeport is by no means the only offender amongst the macros.

Final Grade: 3.03, a manageable C+. Lakeport Pilsener honestly isn't too bad, and provides fairly good value for the price point. I'd prefer this over Lucky Lager or Old Milwaukee, but there are other brews in this category that I would (and have, many times) picked before this stuff. Now if only they'd name it properly - what's wrong with 'Lakeport Lager'? Too similar to Laker? Or maybe 'pilsener' just makes it sound fancier than it actually is? Sorry guys, this stuff sells for 28 bucks per 24 - you're not fooling anyone. Not really worth a try unless you're a cheap lager enthusiast.

thehyperduck, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of soju6
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden color with a head that fades quickly.

S: Light grain aroma with a hint of sweetness.

T: Generic, unoffensive beer, clean finish.

F: Light body fairly smooth.

D: Better than I expected. Good for more than one and can't beat the price.

soju6, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Third period, third Canadian beer, third Canadian goal to seal the gold medal, perchance?

This beer pours a clear, light golden hue, with a teeming amount of thin foamy white head, which leaves scattered, short-lived lace around the glass in its wake. It smells of muted white cracker barley grain, and vegetal, slightly off-putting hops. The taste is very much in line, more mildly sweet graininess, and leafy, weedy, skunky hops. The carbonation is bit high, the body medium weight, and kind of oily, and it finishes fairly sweet, with the skunkiness trailing off.

While showing hints of being a proper pilsener, the cheapness shines through way too much to make this overly enjoyable, as anything other than a game-day guzzler. Speaking of which - bloody Yanks, tying the game up with only seconds to go, and this is my last beer! What of overtime, beer and otherwise?

biboergosum, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of ericj551
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lakeport Pilsner pours a light gold with a foamy, but quickly disappearing head. The aroma is grainy without too much else. The flavor is a stronger version the graininess upfront, with a bit of bitterness and no real hop flavor. The finish is dry, with a faint astringency.

ericj551, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of mrmanning
2/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I bought this cause I thought I'd buy local and help the local boys, but this stuff isn't all that great. Aroma is slightly sweet, but you really have to sniff hard to get even that. Taste is watery and a bit hoppy, but nothing irregular. Looks like all the other pilsners I have tried...too bad, I would buy local more often if the product was better.

mrmanning, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.68/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visually, this screams forced carbonation. From the coarse bubbles of the head to the myriad of bubbles that stream to the top, to the the bubbles that cling randomly to the bottom and side of the glass. It's really fizzy looking, is my point.

It's a straw yellow, just a half shade too dark for a pilsener maybe, nice and clear. A bit of lacing and mild retention.

The aroma is muted and slightly honey and cooked apples with just a touch of dry hops.

The taste is...boring. Not a lot of malt, and certainly there's nothing noble about the hops. It's kind of grassy in the aftertaste. The malt is a honied.

It's nothing special. But on the plus side, it's cheap and a slight step up from most macros.

MeisterBurger, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of allergictomacros
2.58/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw with a typical white head. Nose has a hint of skunk, green, leafiness and light vegetalness. Light citrus flavour and a bit of acidity up front. Some herbs and apple later. Watery, light body but not overly fizzy. Not tasty by any stretch of the imagination, but not too bad either.

allergictomacros, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear straw yellow, foamy white head, slowly dissipates, lots of carbonation.

Smells corny, like a typical macro, a slight hop smell.

Not a terrible "pilsener" if you can call it that, better than a lot of macro beers for sure, corny grain taste, with a noticeable hop finish.

Pretty refreshing beer, better choice than some other buck a beers.

GodOfBeer, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of DoctorStrangiato
2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 473-ml can into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - straw yellow, high carbonation, no head retention, ring of lace only.

Smell - slightly musty corn aromas.

Taste - decent barley malt flavours and modest hop bitters. There is a metallic aspect to the taste and the finish is too long for the lack of flavour up front.

Mouthfeel - nothing offensive here, but it does have a soda-poppy element to it.

Drinkability - there are worse products for the same price. Bottom line, it's nothing special but the reality is it has it's use on a hot day if it's what the new neighbours happen to be serving.

DoctorStrangiato, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.3/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Obtained from the singles bin at the LCBO, I can't wait to try this one. Oh, and Happy April Fools Day everyone.

Clear yellow with a short white disappearing head, down to a few wisps and minor lace in a about five minutes. A small ring remained, not much carbonation. Smell of corn syrup, subdued. Taste is on the sweet side, no hops that I can tell, low or no bitterness. Is that a bit of malt in the background, it's hard to be sure about that. Rather thin and one dimensional. This is a lot like drinking soda pop, you might put a lot down yet not feel satisfied; on the other hand, you wouldn't put a lot of these down if you had alternatives. Great to hand out when strangers show up at your campfire, likely better straight out of the bottle. In a world of macro lagers, at least this is not offensive, but it is featureless at best.

ThatWineGuy, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
2.55/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Comes in a brown bottle that could not be more generic, not even a tab at the top of the beer. Nice clear golden color with fluffy white head. However, head does not sustain itself. Very slight lacing, which is surprising for it's cost.

Smell - Honestly, I'm barely getting anything from this one. What I am picking up is pretty much a weaker smell of store bought white bread. It's not offensive, but it honestly smells like the most bland/generic beer in existence.

Taste - Starts with a bland rice like flavor which transitions into an unappealing burnt corn flavor with a slight hop touch. Ends with a bit of a buttery flavor which is smooths out the rest of the experience somewhat. I'm fairly sure there is some kind of chemical preservative in this beer though. The whole taste is slightly off.

Mouthfeel - It seems like all the carbonation of the beer hits you at the precise time you get that burnt corn flavor, which is unappealing. Thankfully it smooths itself out at the last second and doesn't leave an aftertaste.

Drinkability - I don't normally let pricing effect my ratings, but in the case of "buck a beers" I feel they do deserve something of a free pass given the cost. Even with this, this beer isn't that bad. Doesn't leave much in the way of an aftertaste, is refreshing and finishes fairly smooth. However, near the end of the beer, my stomach started to feel a bit bloated. I'd give it a 2.5 if it wasn't so cheap.

Final Thoughts: Lakeport advertises itself as great beer, fair prices. I agree with a friend of mine who said "More like fair beer for a great price". Lakeport Pilsner is probably one of the better buck a beers. That being said, it is a buck a beer for a reason. This beer isn't going to win any contests, but it's good for what it is, a generic discount beer.

TheHammer, Feb 20, 2009
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Lakeport Pilsener from Lakeport Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.